The Holy Spirit Is Weird

The definition of weird: involving or suggesting the supernatural; unearthly or uncanny.

I preached a sermon tonight (remember, I’m in Australia) entitled, “Act It Out” from Acts 2:1-4. The Book of Acts should properly be called, “The Acts of the Holy Spirit through the Apostles”. This would be more befitting because the Apostles could do nothing without the Holy Spirit empowering them.

The Holy Spirit is the most unique person of the Godhead and the only part of the Trinity that is operating in the earth today. God is on His throne and Jesus is sitting right next to Him. They are chillin’. Since Acts 2 it has been the Holy Spirit’s dispensation to fill us with His Spirit and do incredible things through our lives. The problem is that there is a large majority of Christians that want nothing to do with the Holy Spirit and if so, in extremely limited scenarios. How is that possible? How is it that the only part of the Godhead operating in the earth today is the only part of the Godhead that most people don’t want to be bothered with?

It’s easy. The Holy Spirit is weird. Yes, I said it. The Holy Spirit is weird. The definition is at the top of the blog so read it before you decide to correct me. The Holy Spirit is WEIRD. Supernatural. Unearthly. Uncanny. He is unusual. He prompts you to do things that are uncomfortable. He prompts you to say things that make no sense. He gives you boldness to stand when you should sit, the faith to believe when you should doubt, the grace to forgive when you should begrudge.

The truth is that many people are embarrassed by the Holy Spirit’s personality. We want to control Him. We don’t like the fact that He is weird. Because if He is weird and He is in us then we will be weird and who wants that? I DO! The Holy Spirit is weird, but he is not crazy! He is not trying to embarrass you He is trying to embolden you! If we could just get over our need to be in control of every single detail of our lives we might find that the Holy Spirit completely knows how to lead and guide us even if His actions seem a bit weird.

Let’s face it, we are all pretty terrible at living our lives. Actually, we suck at it. It is only when we are Spirit led do we find ourselves living the way God intended. Weird is right! Crazy is wrong. The Holy Spirit has been falsely accused of being crazy over the last 30 years by hyper emotional over exaggerators in the Pentecostal/Charismatic movement. Some of that stuff is straight up foolishness. You have a right to be freaked out by that. On the other hand, I wouldn’t allow a few crazy people to distance me from the work of the Holy Spirit in my life.

The Book of Acts is precisely about ACTS! The Holy Spirit acting out what has been poured in. We have been filled with the Holy Spirit to ACT OUT!!! Stop making excuses for the Holy Spirit’s actions because they are unexplainable. Embrace rather His unique personality and enjoy His expression as God’s Spirit works through you. You NEED this Person in your life. You NEED His power in your life. You NEED His presence in your life. He is not crazy, but He is weird. Just the way I like Him. 

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Tim Ross
Tim is happily married to Juliette, his bride of 12 years. The fruit of this marriage includes two sons, Nathan and Noah. The Ross Family are members of Gateway Church in Southlake, TX. Tim is the founder of Tim Ross Ministries which facilitates his evangelistic endeavors.